New Year’s Eve Celebrations across Michigan


It’s that time of year again – we’re celebrating the end of 2016, and all of its ups and downs, and getting ready to welcome 2017. Not sure what your New Year’s Eve plans are? We’ve got you covered with the following list of five December 31st celebrations across the great state of Michigan. 

With Grand Rapids deciding to skip their annual free ball-drop event this year citing costs and lowered attendance in recent years, nearby city, Ludington, has opted to accommodate locals with their own ball-drop celebration. Activities will begin around 9 pm, and will include an entertainment tent and a beer garden. Not interested in the street party? Sandcastles Children’s Museum has a balloon drop event from 5-8 pm for families looking to avoid the crowds! Check out their website for more information.

Looking for a quieter getaway this New Year’s Eve? Give Mackinac Island’s celebration a try! Snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and a quaint downtown atmosphere make this the perfect peaceful winter escape. Cawthorne’s Village Inn offers New Year’s Eve hayrides, several shops open their doors to guests and tourists, and several restaurants offer celebratory dining options. 

Lansing has a lot to offer locals this New Year’s Eve. From bars with New Year’s Eve specialty brews on tap to a murder mystery masquerade ball, Lansing has you covered. They even have a venue throwing a taco and punk-rock party! Find what celebration option is right for you – check out the list that the Lansing State Journal has curated. However you choose to celebrate, you won’t go wrong with one of these amazing options.

To access Kalamazoo’s New Year’s Eve celebration, they sell customized buttons you wear as your admissions ticket for $5 pre-sale. Grab a bite at one of Kalamazoo’s many amazing restaurants or at Bronson Park where there’ll be concessions. After that, check out a performance, and watch the ball drop with a fireworks show to close the night out. They’ve truly pulled out all the stops to make the night memorable – build your perfect evening by picking and choosing which events you go see!

Of course, the granddaddy of all Michigan New Year’s Eve celebrations is Detroit’s “The Drop.” With two stages hosting a wide variety of entertainment and musical acts all night, as well as a family-friendly kid’s zone, you can’t go wrong with this bash. In addition to the traditional entertainment, there will be carriage rides, ice skating, acrobats, fire jugglers, and a huge selection of food and beverage vendors. 

However you choose to ring in the New Year, please celebrate responsibly. 2017 is right around the corner, and we can’t wait to see what it brings. Here’s to another year! How will you be celebrating this New Year’s Eve in Michigan? Let us know in the comments!

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By Zoë Meggert


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